We get so worked up while house hunting that we rarely give any importance to the kind of neighborhood we’re moving into. Imagine moving with your young kids into a haphazard construction zone. Yikes! That doesn’t sound like a good investment at all.
To help you out, listaproperty.com brings you a list of important factors to keep in mind while zeroing in on your ideal neighborhood setting:
• Location. Where would you prefer living, urban city center or the suburbs? Whether you’re looking for property in Doha or Dubai, you must take a conscious decision on the location of your home as this majorly affects all the other factors. It is very exciting to be living in a penthouse in the city center but a lot more peaceful living in a detached villa on the outskirts of the city.
• People. The single MOST important element of a good neighborhood is its people. It’s fun to be living across the hall from Joey and Chandler but honestly, who wants to live next door to Cosmo Kramer? Check out your neighbors-to-be before buying or renting your next home. If you have young children, you might want to look out for families living close by.
• Commute. Do you own a car or will you be using public transport? It is important to assess the traffic and the time it will take you to travel from your home to your workplace, University or the city center. If you’re going to be using public transport, make sure you find a place close to the metro station or a bus station. Also, remember to check if there is a taxi stand nearby as it’s not always feasible to walk in the hot and humid weather of the Gulf countries.
• Community Center. What you do for leisure depends entirely on your personality, however, it is a good idea to check out what your neighborhood offers. A local park for the children to play in sounds good, so does having a Community Center with a gymnasium and other recreational facilities.
• School. For families with children, you might want to live in areas close to the schools as the commute time for the children will reduce drastically. Also, areas with schools are generally far more peaceful.
• Convenience store. Most of us are expats living here in the Gulf but we still want to cook and eat what Mom fed us back home. So make sure you live close to a grocery store offering your ethnic food products and reduce the hassle of traveling far. A mini-mart with an ATM and a pharmacy will definitely be a bonus!
Once you check out these major factors, you can research for your other needs. Remember, choosing a good neighborhood will positively influence your lifestyle!
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